As you've come to expect, this is NOT an all-inclusive, set-in-stone smorgasbord of resources to be used in building curriculum and effective classroom instruction. In the Digital Age, resources appear continuously. Isn't it wonderful?

WEB
Census 2010 -- http://2010.census.gov/2010census/data/ interactive maps and data source for having students apply math skills to how representation is determined in the Congress.

Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)

Landmark Cases (a joint effort of the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society and Street Law)

Nation Master Astounding. I can see why the NY Times and the BBC were enthralled. It's the UN's CyberSchool Bus, the CIA Fact Book, and the World Almanac rolled up into a Digital Age bundle.

Official U.S. Executive Branch Websites (maintained by the Library of Congress)

Pennsylvania Educational Alliance for Citizenship

Office of the Governor of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Pennsylvania Senate

Pennsylvania Supreme Court and Unified Judicial System

PennCORD

United States House of Representatives

United States Senate

United States Supreme Court

Teacher Tube

The American Presidency

Search Engine for the U. S. Government


Document Resources

  1. National Archivesl
  2. Our Documents
  3. Pennsylvania Charter (1681)
  4. Doc Heritage (PHMC)
  5. Pennsylvania Constitution (most recent version) (www.sites.state.pa.us/PA_Constitution.html)
  6. Pennsylvania Constitution(multiple sources and historical analysis from the Duquesne Law School)
  7. Pennsylvania Charter of Privileges
  8. The Federalist Papers - http://thomas.loc.gov/home/histdox/fedpapers.html
  9. The Pennsylvania Manual is published biannually by Bureau of Publications and offers a wealth of information and statistics about the governmental entities of the Commonwealth. It is available at cost from the State Bookstore, or it can be viewed or downloaded.

Classroom Instruction Resources
  1. National Constitution Center
  2. PennCORD Keystone Programs (http://www.penncord.org/programs/)
  3. Our Courts
  4. Pennsylvania Bar Association
  5. Pennsylvania Land Choices The superb resource from Pennsylvania's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  6. The Legislative Process - http://congress.indiana.edu/learn_about/topic/legislative_process.php
  7. Dirksen Congressional Center - http://www.congresslink.org/
  8. The News Literacy Project--Sorting and processing information in the Information Age is a major 21st Century skill.
  9. Annenberg Classroom (www.annenbergclassroom.org)
  10. The Annenberg Trust at Sunnylands (http://sunnylandstrust.org/)
  11. Center for Civic Education (www.civiced.org) the Center for Civic Education, including information about Project Citizen and We The People.
  12. The Bill of Rights Institute (www.billofrightsinstitute.org)
  13. Pennsylvania Student Voices (www.student-voices.org/pennsylvania)
  14. The Constitutional Rights Foundation (www.crf-usa.org)
  15. Street Law (www.streetlaw.com)


News Perspectives
The Economist (www.economist.com). Based in the UK and considered one of the most respected and analytical sources of international news.

TIME (www.time.com/time) An older and perhaps even more respected American source of online news. Note the cooperation with CNN (see below).

CNN (www.cnn.com) A relative newcomer to the news business (but over a quarter century old) and often criticized for venturing away from "news" and creating a new form of entertainment. Note that the CNN site does not credit TIME for anything.

ABC News (www.abcnews.go.com) Do "more Americans get their news from ABC than from any other source?" Contrast this site to those of its historic competitors, NBC (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/) and CBS (http://www.cbsnews.com/). How are they different? Similar? Now contrast to relative upstart Fox (http://www.foxnews.com/). Are there different perspectives of the same news event? How is that?

Al Jazeera (http://english.aljazeera.net/ ) How is "news" impacted by culture? Contrast media outlets with Al Jazeera, an Arabic news source with a worldwide following, and see for yourself.

The BBC (www.news.bbc.co.uk) Once again, a widely respected international source of news. How is it different from what you have gained from domestic sources?

National Public Radio (U.S.) (www.npr.org) How does National Public Radio, an American source of news, differ from its counterparts?

The World Press Review (http://www.worldpress.org/) provides an interesting anthology of press headlines and stories from around the world.

Xinhua (http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/) the official news agency of the Chinese government.
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